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Jelly King® crab apple trees

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Jelly King is aimed particularly at cooks who want to make crab apple jelly - the orange/pink fruits produce a jelly of the same colour.

However Jelly King is more than just a crab apple jelly specialist, it is actually a great all-round crab apple. The white flowers are borne in profusion and provide an intense and long-lasting display in spring whilst in autumn the large fruits are particularly attractive too, and persist well into December (although unlike other persistent crab apples birds tend not to go for them).

Once the tree is a few years old it becomes a heavy-cropper, so even if you pick some for the kitchen there will still be plenty to provide autumn colour on the tree.

Jelly King crab apple trees for sale

Pot-grown

All pot-grown trees are suitable for planting out in the garden, some are suitable for growing in containers.

  • PG11-year 7L pot-grown tree Semi-vigorous rootstock £39.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • PG22-year 12L pot-grown tree Semi-vigorous rootstock £44.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree Semi-vigorous rootstock £24.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

How to grow

Jelly King is a relatively vigorous grower but with compact upright proportions. It is also a good pollinator of mainstream apple varieties in flowering groups 2 and 3.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Jelly King was developed in New Zealand in the 1970s, and is sometimes known as Mattfru.

Jelly King characteristics

Using

  • Picking monthSeptember
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Picking seasonLate
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • Fruit persistencePersistent
  • Flavour qualityVery good
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinators
  • Food usesCulinary

Growing

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersGood
  • PloidyDiploid
  • VigourVigorous
  • Organic cultureSuitable

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood

Climate

  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)Cold (< 20C / 67F)

Identification

  • Country of originNew Zealand
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Fruit colourOrange / Red
  • Fruit sizeLarge